In the summer of 1914, the Royal Canadian Navy was still in its infancy when the looming threat of war sparked fears of an enemy naval threat to Canada’s lengthy coastline. The addition of two new submarines to the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet on the West Coast would help the young nation contribute to its own coastal defences as part of the war effort on the home front.
Item Number: 133224
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Face Value: $20
Artist: Yves Bérubé
Packaging: Maroon clamshell with custom beauty box
- The second coin in the Canadian Home Front series, which highlights the war effort on the Canadian home front across the country.
- Finely detailed engraving recreates Canada’s first submarine, which was acquired in August 1914 to help bolster Canada’s defence of its West Coast.
- As with all future coins in the series, the reverse design features a regional map in the background which provides geographical context to the story.
- Struck in 99.99% pure silver with a limited mintage of 7,500.
- This commemorative coin is a beautiful addition to any military, naval or history-themed collection.
The reverse design by Yves Bérubé highlights the importance of the addition of two submarines to the Royal Canadian Navy’s fleet in August of 1914. The CC Class submarine is prominently featured in the centre of the image, its hull pointed forward towards the viewer as though emerging from the image. The vessel’s keel and diving planes can be seen below the surface of the water; above, a sailor stands on the deck in front of the conning tower as he surveys the horizon. In the background to the right of the submarine, a beautifully detailed map of British Columbia’s coastline looms large; this added element provides geographical context to the story of Canada’s first submarines, which were used to patrol the coastline depicted here.